|Updated: 11/01/2012 6:53 pm
||Published: 10/31/2012 3:08 pm
Update: Africa Wells, 39, was arrested in Blytheville on Thursday.
BAXTER COUNTY, AR – Police say one man is in custody while another is still at large following a chase that ended in a crash early Wednesday morning near East U. S. Highway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive in Mountain Home.
According to reports, around 12:34 am on October 31, officials from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office received a call that an officer with the City of Highland Police Department was pursuing a vehicle that was about to enter Baxter County from the East. The pursuit began after the officer saw the driver behaving erratically, and had already gone through portions of Sharp County, across Fulton County, and was preparing to enter Baxter County.
At approximately 12:42 am, the suspect vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with Arkansas temporary tags, and the officer still in pursuit, both entered Mountain Home and crashed near the intersection of Highway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive. Neither the occupants of the suspect vehicle, who fled the scene on foot, nor the Highland Police Officer sustained any known injuries.
Baxter County Deputies, Mountain Home Police, and the Arkansas State Police began searching for the suspects, and around 3:47 AM, authorities arrested 36-year-old Billy Dewayne Furlow Jr. of Blyntheville inside the nearby Walmart Supercenter.
Authorities believe that Furlow was the passenger in the suspect vehicle. Furlow was transported to the Sheriff’s Office and was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance along with fleeing from a police officer on foot. Sheriff’s Investigators uncovered approximately 10.3 grams of methamphetamine in the suspect vehicle as well as a small amount of marijuana, some prescription pills, and some cash.
Furlow was also wanted for parole violations from Austin and Dallas County, TX. He is being held without bond.
The Sheriff’s Office believes that the driver of the vehicle may still be at large. The remaining suspect is identified as 39-year-old Africa Wells of Jonesboro. Wells is described as approximately 5”10 in height, approximately 150 pounds in weight, with short hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing. Authorities believe Wells may be armed with a handgun and say he is to be considered dangerous.
The investigation is ongoing.